Monday, December 18, 2006
2nd Lieutenant Scott B. Lundell, United States Army
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This past Saturday, most Americans were recovering from turkey comas and football overload. Such revelry is, to quote Lincoln "all together fitting and proper" because as Americans it is what we as a country do during the latter part of November.
In a perfect peaceful world, Scott Lundell would have most likely been doing the same thing. As stand out high-school football player, he no doubt loved the game. He would have watched it with his wife and family.
Sadly, we don't live in a perfect peaceful world. Scott Lundell was a member of the Utah National Guard where he wore the "Butter Bars" of a 2nd Lieutenant. Scott's country called, and he found himself leading soldiers into battle in the mountainous region of Oruzgan, Afghanistan. He was killed in an afternoon firefight.
Behind each one of the casualty statistics is a real person with a real family and real loved ones. Each fallen soldier, sailor, airman or marine makes this world a smaller place than it was when they were here.
There are those who believe this war, whether it be in Iraq, Afghanistan or some other battlefield, cannot be won therefore it should not be waged. I don't believe this. I don't think Scott Lundell believed it either or he would not have been where he was doing what he was doing.
Scott Lundell died defending this nation and all she stands for. His heroic actions of last Saturday afternoon far surpass any ability we have to add or detract. To further quote Lincoln,
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.It is indeed a great task that remains before us as a nation. I guess it remains to be seen just how high our collective resolve will be to finish what Scott and his fellow soldiers have thus far so nobly advanced.
Fare thee well, Lieutenant. Godspeed.
Here endeth the lesson.
UPDATE: More on Scott here. Obituary here. He leaves behind a wife and four children, all under age 10.
UPDATE AND BUMP: Lowell the Hedgehog has the story of the man who escorted Scott's remains from Dover AFB to Salt Lake City. Captain Faletto describes retrieving Scotts personal effects. Here is what he wrote:
My unsteady hands removed his watch, his dog tags, a challenge coin he had received from the 3rd Special Forces, and finally a gold wedding band. Through watery eyes I checked off each of these items on the form. I noticed Scott had a small plastic tag on his dog tag chain. I saw the familiar words emblazoned from the Special Operations Memorial in Arlington. It was the scripture from Isaiah 6:8.Where do we find these brave men?
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Please read the whole thing.